Selenium Content in Tennessee Soils - In the Anderson Science Center, research will be conducted to measure the selenium content in the soil in Tennessee using atomic absorption techniques, developing metastatic tumor models in mice in a chemical induced sarcoma model and the development of spontaneous tumors in retired breeders. Various research projects in both proton and C-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance will be conducted. Dr. Jerry Thornthwaite is mentor of the team conducting this research.
Manuscript Preparation - The work being conducted at the Research Center involves in part the preparation of manuscripts for the following research projects: a new flow cytometric-based microsphere assay for measuring hydrophobic and hydrophilic oxidation; preparation of a review article on the anti-cancer effects of nutraceuticals; tissue localization of the 16mer CARE antigen in human cancers and high resolution DNA measurements in ovarian cancer. Dr. Jerry Thornthwaite is mentor of the team conducting this research.
Computational Chemistry - Phosphorus containing complexes are vital in biological and chemical systems, and understanding how these complexes react is the focus of intense research. We are currently investigating isomerizaion of 5-coordinate phosphorus compounds at a theoretical level and looking for trends when compared to published experimental data. This research merges the areas of chemistry, physics, and computers, resulting in a cross-disciplinary experience. Jim Barr mentors undergraduate students in this area of research.
Chemical Dynamics - Previous research at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Combustion Research Facility (Sandia National Laboratories) included crossed-beam scattering of argon, neon, and diatomic nitrogen with nitric oxide to investigate the chemical dynamics of the scattering systems. Results show it is possible to generate molecules with a specific sense of rotation, a view toward molecular control. Our new science facility has been built for future work in the area of chemical dynamics utilizing similar techniques. This area of research will also be led by Jim Barr.